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Speaking of The Red Lobster Mon, 07/9/12 3:14 PM (permalink)
A couple of weeks ago friends wanted to go to Red Lobster for their advertised $14,.95 dinner.  I think the Television commercial said there were maybe 9 different dinners to choose from.
So the four of us drive there.  It's not particularly close but those gorgeous $14.95 dinners were calling one out of four of us.  The other three of us knew better and were just letting him win this one battle.
We get there and there are people with vibrating disks all over the place.  There is a minimum 45 minute wait.  One of the three smart ones starts complaining about the wait, trying to sway Mr. Know-it-all from his choice.
He goes in to get his disk and a menu for us to peruse.
What happened next was perfect.  There were no $14.95 specials on the menu.  They were all $19.95.   WHAT?  All four of us had seen the commercials.  He goes back in to ask about the price.  He hates being taken and starts accusing them of bait and switch.  He's an idiot, but that's another story.  He wants his $14.95 dinner and now he doesn't want to wait for it.
Thank goodness he decides they're not getting his money. 
The reason for the price difference is what is interesting.  They told him that in California the prices are higher because of taxes.  I think that was just a made up on the spot answer because $5 a dinner???  Taxes???  They don't pay taxes on what they buy AND taxes are after the purchase, not part of it.
Anyway, the reason for this post is...
Why are prices $5.00 more per dinner in California?
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